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Murder in Oregon

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Rank #51 in True Crime category

Society & Culture
True Crime
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In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office in Salem. The murder was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong” and pinned on a low-level drug dealer named Frank Gable, a man who Francke's own brother, Kevin, along with storied Oregon reporter Phil Stanford, believe has been wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 30 years. They contend Francke had uncovered a trail of corruption in the prison system— one that led to the top of Oregon’s political establishment. Murder In Oregon follows the two men on a decades-long journey, bordering on obsession, into Oregon’s drug and crime-infested underworld to answer one question: Who really killed Michael Francke?

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In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office in Salem. The murder was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong” and pinned on a low-level drug dealer named Frank Gable, a man who Francke's own brother, Kevin, along with storied Oregon reporter Phil Stanford, believe has been wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 30 years. They contend Francke had uncovered a trail of corruption in the prison system— one that led to the top of Oregon’s political establishment. Murder In Oregon follows the two men on a decades-long journey, bordering on obsession, into Oregon’s drug and crime-infested underworld to answer one question: Who really killed Michael Francke?

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Riveting

By thekgs67 - May 22 2020
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I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast, and I bought two books about Portland, Oregon as a result.

Keeps Your Interest

By Lynn145 - May 14 2020
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Gets a little repetitive towards the end. But a crazy story!

iTunes Ratings

2842 Ratings
Average Ratings
2058
375
183
117
109

Riveting

By thekgs67 - May 22 2020
Read more
I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast, and I bought two books about Portland, Oregon as a result.

Keeps Your Interest

By Lynn145 - May 14 2020
Read more
Gets a little repetitive towards the end. But a crazy story!
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Murder in Oregon

Latest release on Jun 03, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 2 months ago

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: Ep 1 | The Murder

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In January of 1989 the director of Oregon’s Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was brutally stabbed to death outside his office building in Salem. His killing was quickly ruled a “car burglary gone wrong”, but inconsistencies soon called the official investigation into question. Was Michael Francke murdered...or assassinated?

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Oct 24 2019

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Rank #2: Ep 2 | Discrepancies

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Inconsistencies in the narrative bring about issues as the official investigation into Michael Francke’s murder unfolds. The Francke family raise concerns that Mike was targeted and are met with resistance from state officials. By the time they get his autopsy report, all bets are off.

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Oct 31 2019

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Rank #3: Ep 3 | Breaking Point

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Months after Mike's murder, the official investigation seems to stall. Frustrated, Pat and Kevin link up with newspaper columnist Phil Stanford. Their combined efforts lead them to a controversial confession, a mysterious sketch of a possible suspect and the fury of Salem government officials.

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Nov 07 2019

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Rank #4: Ep 4 | Corruption

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A deep dive into the history of corruption in Salem reveals a long and sordid relationship between criminal and political powers. It also leads to a troubled and violent man some believe murdered Michael Francke.

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Nov 14 2019

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Rank #5: Ep 5 | Depravity

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The search for Mike's killer leads to a woman whose dysfunctional upbringing in Salem's drug scene was closely linked to corruption in Corrections. And the staggering violence and trauma she experienced is peppered with names closely tied to the Francke murder investigation.

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Nov 21 2019

41mins

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